Please join us in welcoming Sarah Connor-Kerr as the new Executive Director of Carlton Senior Living Poet’s Corner. Sarah began her journey with Carlton over seven years ago as Dining Room Manager for Carlton Senior Living Davis. Since then, she’s held numerous leadership positions, including Associate Director, Human Resources Specialist, Director of Resident Services, and now, Executive Director of Carlton’s dedicated Memory Care community in Pleasant Hill.
Sarah got her start in senior living at Carlton Senior Davis, where she helped to open the newly constructed community. Sarah credits colleague Lindsey Feifert for encouraging her to pursue a career working with seniors and for helping her to get acclimated to a community leadership role. “I really loved getting to know the residents, learning their life stories, and being able to make an impact on an important stage of their life,” says Sarah. “Since then, I feel like I’ve grown and it’s just incredibly natural to serve them. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
While she has dedicated much of her career to serving Carlton’s Independent and Assisted Living population, Sarah feels her time working with Memory Care residents and families has been most impactful. “Our residents living with dementia are truly special and I love that our job is to celebrate and help the person that they are now without judgment of their past,” she says. “I feel it takes an incredibly special person to serve these residents, and because of that, I feel our staff have some of the biggest hearts. Every single day is different but every single one provides an opportunity to make a resident smile.”
Sarah and the team at Carlton Senior Living Poet’s Corner pride themselves on providing outstanding support and education for families of those living with dementia. “Our care staff enables the adult child to again view their parent as a parent or for the spouse to step back into that role as opposed to being a care partner,” she explains. “We take the challenging situations families face and help them create positive and new memories.”
In her role as Executive Director, Sarah plans to follow in the footsteps of her predecessor by creating a welcoming and supportive place for residents, families, and staff alike. “I have the opportunity to continue toward that vision and to make this community a place folks want their loved ones and where people want to work,” says Sarah. “I look forward to continuing my education in dementia and to bringing new people into the industry and in turn educating them. Caring for someone living with dementia is an honor and I want to keep spreading that vibe.”
Sarah began her career with Carlton when her daughter, Olivia, was just six months old and her career choice has also played an important role in her personal life. At 8-years-old, Sarah welcomes any opportunity to involve Olivia in the community to help teach her daughter to care for others with empathy and compassion. Sarah’s job title isn’t the only thing that changed recently: She wed Justin Kerr in February and now goes by Sarah Connor-Kerr. Justin is currently finishing up a pipeline construction project in Kentucky, and Sarah looks forward to her family being together again soon.
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